April 22, 2014
As need grows, so does the effort to help.
The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank announced an extension of its food and clothing bank service hours in April. It will now remain open from 5-7 p.m. every Monday evening in an attempt to serve the growing community who relies on the bank’s services.
“Our numbers have grown substantially from 2012 to 2013,” Executive Director Cori Walters said. “We’ve seen a 23 percent increase from our food customers, and that doesn’t include our clothing banks.”
The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank provides free food, clothing and related services to individuals and families in need.
The growth affected how well the bank could provide its services.
April 7, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. April 7, 2014
The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is extending its food and clothing bank service hours to being open from 5-7 p.m. every Monday evening.
The goal is to be more accommodating to shoppers who work in the afternoons.
With the addition of six to 10 more service hours per week, the food and clothing bank will need more volunteer support. Volunteer by emailing Kim at Kim@issaquahfoodbank.org.
The food and clothing bank is at 179 First Ave. S.E. Learn more here.
April 1, 2014
As King County residents vote whether to fund Metro Transit on April 22, city leaders are considering what to do with Route 200.
Issaquah pays a yearly subsidy to the county in order to keep the bus free of charge. But the city-centric route has been offered for the chopping block for years as Metro has faced increased expenditures. In response, the city has begun to survey residents who would most likely use the bus to try and get a clearer sense of its community impact.
City Economic Development Manager Andrea Lehner said the information would prove valuable for the city as well as the county.
April 1, 2014
With only a day’s notice, the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank held an impromptu drive for the victims of the Oso mudslide March 27. Director Cori Walters said the bank received 40,000 pounds of food, toiletries, clothes, shovels, picks and gloves. Volunteers were greeted with hugs and tears upon delivery. ‘I want to thank our community for really stepping up to the plate and helping us help the Darrington Food Bank and the Darrington Fire Department,’ Walters said. ‘It was truly amazing to see what we were all able to accomplish in a short period of time.’
March 11, 2014
In a life of milestones, local author meets another with self-published book
Sitting in a ray of sunshine in his “hooray for me” room in his Cougar Mountain home, Randy Harrison paused while discussing his book “West From Yesterday.”
From the window seat in the room (a Southern nickname for a room full of mementos from one’s life), the first-time author said he had shared the manuscript with family and friends before self-publishing it through Amazon.com. They’d realized the tale of Tucker, a post-Civil War-era plantation owner who journeys West in a bout of self-discovery, sounded a lot like someone they knew.
“They said they found a lot of me in Tucker,” Harrison said. “I realized both me and Tucker were from a Virginia family, had come from a life of privilege only by birth. And we both felt a sense of obligation that we had to earn what comes from that gift of privilege.”
March 4, 2014
Local composting takes global technology.
Cedar Grove Composting has grown a lot in its 25-year history of turning organic material into plant fertilizer. The May Valley facility recently won an Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Innovation in Issaquah award, due to its continuing community efforts. Such progress did not happen all at once.
“In 1989,” Cedar Grove’s Chief Environmental and Sustainability Officer Jerry Bartlett said, “nobody knew what compost was and nobody knew what to do with it.”
The company had received a contract with the city of Seattle to convert yard waste into fertilizer. It turned into a first for both entities.
February 25, 2014
Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler vowed to maintain momentum in his first State of the City speech.
Given during the Feb. 18 regular City Council meeting, the speech laid out what Butler hopes to achieve in the first year of his inaugural term.
“A community is made up of many elements,” he said. “We are blessed with an outstanding school district, an active and professional chamber of commerce, students who are involved, first-class medical facilities and a City Council dedication to regional involvement.”
February 21, 2014
For Taylor Woo, a particular memory stands out from her time working at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Woo, a Liberty High School junior, serves as a volunteer patient care liaison at the hospital, one of the largest in the Northwest. One day, she was asked to speak with an 8-year-old boy who’d been in a car accident with his parents and younger sister.
The boy was responsive, but his sister lay in coma in an adjacent bed.
“You can hear the heart monitor just beeping to her heart, and it was so hard to see,” Woo said. “It was sad how he couldn’t really comprehend what was happening with his parents.
December 10, 2013
Two local service organizations have teamed up recently to double their offerings to Issaquah when Eastside Fire & Rescue’s Benevolent Fund helped the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank give the Issaquah Community Hall a facelift.
In what is hoped to be the beginning of a long relationship. Benevolent Fund President and EFR Battalion Chief David McDaniel said the nonprofit was delighted to assist with the painting of the center.
“I met Cori last year,” McDaniel said, speaking of Cori Kauk, director of the food bank. “She contacted me about painting the community hall and I said it sounded like a fantastic idea.”
The Benevolent Fund, created by EFR three years ago, wants to continue broadening the support it gives to the area through such projects.
December 3, 2013
Giving Tuesday should be only the beginning
If you missed the opportunity to make a charitable donation on Giving Tuesday on Dec. 3, never fear. The need is still there today and your check will be every bit as welcome.
If there is a community with a bigger heart than Issaquah’s, we’d like to meet it. It may be true that much of Issaquah’s population is well off enough to be able to write donation checks, but that doesn’t mean they have to.
Just last week, 2,419 people turned out for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank’s fourth annual Turkey Trot. That’s a few miles of running down the road — and runners actually paid for the privilege.